Saturday, August 30, 2008
Party like the Chinese?
One of my best friends, Anna, is unfortunately leaving Shanghai, so this had to be 'mourned' in the most serious possible way: a girl's nite out in Shanghai!
We started off with dinner at A Future Perfect, followed by some cocktails at a fairly new bar that is called Kiitos (Kiitos means 'Thanks' in Finnish, however, I really wonder if the owner is Finnish coz this place had a huge Japanese crowd and the bartenders also spoke Japanese.... anyways). That Kiitos place is quite nice, not a place to party really, but more like a small, intimate, chill-out place where you can round up a date with someone special. And the bartenders know their stuff.
After Kiitos we felt we needed a more lively place, and decided that instead of going to the pretentious Bund places, that we'd head to something different and more Chinese, like Muse Nightclub (Yuyao Lu near Xikang Lu). This turned out to be the best choice of the evening; I had one of my best nights out in Shanghai ever! This place was everything but pretentious, and the crowd was mainly Chinese... (which is an opposite from places on the Bund where the crowd is mainly western) and they sure knew how to party. We were invited to join a friendly group of young Chinese girls and guys at their table (one of the guys had apparently a huuuuuge crush on my friend Anna they later revealed) and then followed a crazy night.
When people ask me if Chinese people drink I normally say 'no, not really.'
Well now I have to take those words back, because this group of people were bigger drinkers than a bunch of Finns in a sauna (and trust me, to be able to drink more than Finns in a sauna is quite an achievement!) Their table was just like a table at a Chinese restaurant -full of different things, only this time there weren't any spicy tofu or beef with chillies, this time there were bottles of Brandy, Bailys, Vodka, shot tubes and everything else you can think of, drink wise. And how those guys drank?! Geez, we couldn't keep up (no true vikings in us). It was 'gan bei' 'gan bei' 'gan bei!' (bottom up!) all the time, until almost all the booze was gone... and then they ordered more?! I felt like I was on some sort of high school party, where everybody was competing about who could drink the most. Obviously we didn't 'gan bei' as much as they did, and I guess that also showed. By 1am they were all either gone, or too drunk to stand up. Me and Anna (responsible drinkers -and simply not that good at shotting) on the other hand stayed on and danced until dawn with some other people. Whatta night!
Anna's admirer (to the left) and his friend.
Extensive drink selection
Ladies (all wearing shorts -the absolute 'must wear' a.t.m)